Agora International Human Rights Group

Country: Russia

Agora is an association of more than 50 lawyers working on landmark human rights cases. Agora’s lawyers and other legal professionals are currently pursuing more than 300 lawsuits across Russia. They have permanent legal teams working in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Nizhniy Novgorod, Stavropol, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Lipetsk and Chita inside Russia, and Helsinki, Sofia, London and Bulgaria abroad. A response unit that handles incidents involving human rights violations operates across the entire European part of Russia. Agora is currently pursuing 160 lawsuits brought before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). They also provide support to political immigrants, persons who have been forced to leave Russia due to persecution by the authorities and asylum seekers. Agora is also active across post-Soviet States, where the negative impact of Russian authorities on human rights is strongly felt.